Barrington appeals housing development decision

The Barrington Town Council, shown at a prior meeting, recently voted to challenge a decision made by the State Housing Appeals Board. The Barrington Town Council, shown at a prior meeting, recently voted to challenge a decision made by the State Housing Appeals Board.

The Barrington Town Council, shown at a prior meeting, recently voted to challenge a decision made by the State Housing Appeals Board.

The Barrington Town Council, shown at a prior meeting, recently voted to challenge a decision made by the State Housing Appeals Board.

On Monday, July 13, the Barrington Town Council appealed a decision rendered by the State House Appeals Board regarding a 24-unit development planned for the George Street area of town.

Called “Residences at the Preserve,” the project calls for 24 housing units, some of which would be priced at the low- to moderate-income level.

The town’s planning board denied the project for a variety of reasons, including the fact that a multi-unit development did not fit the character of the mainly rural neighborhood. (The project would be located on 6-plus acres of land that abut a conservation area and farmland.)

The developer, North End Holdings, LLC, appealed the planning board’s decision to the State Housing Appeals Board. Part of the developer’s argument was based upon the fact that Barrington had plans to build its own affordable housing just a few hundred yards north on a separate piece of property on George Street.

The State Housing Appeals Board recently ruled in favor of the developer.

At an early June meeting, the council voted to remove a town-owned parcel of land also on George Street (number 139 George St.) from consideration for affordable housing development.

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  1. comn sense said:

    So what’s the basis for the town challenging the ruling by the state? Is it just based on “not fitting the character” of the area? You could make that argument about every affordable project in Barrington.

    I hope the town has a good attorney.

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